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#1231187 - 03/11/09 08:11 PM The slot limit is working! *pics*
Model70Man
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Went out to the river again today and braved the cold and wind and caught a couple. It was very tough fishing today. We didn't catch anything for a mile or two. I switched back to my old faithful and then hooked into a MONSTER on a little 5'4" All Star. It wouldn't fit into the net. Then Kimberman hooked into a HUGE trout. It spent most of the time out of the water then in. When he got it to the boat I tried to net it and it wouldn't fit and then came off. He caught another that wouldn't fit in the net, but thankfully we got it in for a pic. I need to get a bigger net. Here are some pics of the fish. All of them were released unharmed. Thank goodness we have a slot limit.
Kimberman's 24" Brown


My 28" Brown


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#1231241 - 03/11/09 08:34 PM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: Model70Man]
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nice! i gotta get up there.
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#1231296 - 03/11/09 08:46 PM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: stik]
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Great pics.

We all need to write TWRA and thank them again for helping bring back the Clich.
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#1231390 - 03/11/09 09:16 PM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: 7mm08]
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I was out yesterday, and I agree with you 100% on the slot limit working. It has transformed the river and quickly. A buddy of mine saw you all taking a picture of one of those fish today. I didn't know it was you all, and believe it or not you and I have had some very pleasant conversations on the river, and in the parking lots over the years. That goes for kimberman as well. If he only knew who he loathed so much on this forum he might be shocked to know we always have gotten along in or around the river.

Congrats to you all on a great day, on what is becoming a good river again.


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#1231428 - 03/11/09 09:25 PM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: captain hook]
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#1231434 - 03/11/09 09:29 PM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: captain hook]
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I'm sure we have had pleasant conversations. Was your buddy on the river or on the bank? I think we were the only people on the river from 5 PM to 7:30 PM. I didn't see any other boats.
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#1231467 - 03/11/09 09:41 PM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: Model70Man]
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He was on the bank, I did have some other buds who were down river from you all, but they may have left before you all got there.

BTW it is nice to see folks who know how to measure fish, and don't stretch them for bragging rights. Best I can tell they are dead on what you call them, and that one fish is a stud. We hooked 3 in that range yesterday on flies, but due to freak occurrences each one never made it to the net.

Glad y'all had a good day, and next time I see you at that ramp I will be sure to hide in the bushes and scare the hell out of you \:D
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#1231475 - 03/11/09 09:44 PM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: captain hook]
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Were they in a big jon boat with a 115 Evinrude E-tech?
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#1231476 - 03/11/09 09:44 PM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: captain hook]
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Also, kimbermans fish didn't have a fly in it's mouth by any chance? I got smoked by a fish about that same size right there yesterday, maybe 75 yards downstream from there, but very close.
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#1231489 - 03/11/09 09:48 PM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: captain hook]
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No fly in it's mouth.

I've fished the river 3 times so far and have fished 2 of my favorite spots. Maybe tomorrow if it's not raining I will hit another part of the river and see what happens.
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#1231614 - 03/12/09 01:53 AM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: Model70Man]
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great fish,the slot limit has been in effect how long now?,reckon how old them fish are?.mike243
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#1231649 - 03/12/09 05:25 AM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: mike243]
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 Originally Posted By: mike243
great fish,the slot limit has been in effect how long now?,reckon how old them fish are?.mike243


This is the second year the slot has been in place. I guess in reality it came into effect last March so only a full calender year.

I would say the 24" fish is probably 4 years old, and the 28" fish is probably 5 or 6 years old.
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#1231650 - 03/12/09 05:29 AM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: captain hook]
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But without the slot, all of those fish could have been killed yesterday. With it, one would have survived, but because of the sportsmanship of Kimberman and Model70 all survived for you and me to try and catch them ourselves.

Great job, great pics.
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#1231684 - 03/12/09 06:05 AM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: 7mm08]
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i was wondering what kind of growth rate was on the clinch,i know they put em back,i more than likely would have too,for eating i prefer crappie ect ,trouts pretty far down the list on eating \:\) ,mike243
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#1232540 - 03/12/09 03:02 PM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: mike243]
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I haven't seen data for the Clinch, but the growth rate on the Caney is estimated at somewhere around 4 inches a year. The Clinch is a fairly similar tailwater, so I'm willing to bet the growth rate is about the same.

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#1232717 - 03/12/09 04:09 PM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: mike243]
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 Originally Posted By: mike243
i was wondering what kind of growth rate was on the clinch,i know they put em back,i more than likely would have too,for eating i prefer crappie ect ,trouts pretty far down the list on eating \:\) ,mike243


trout are #2 on my preferred fish for eating but those WERE NOT eating fish! it's the 10-12 inch rainbows that we eat.
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#1232746 - 03/12/09 04:24 PM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: stik]
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About 6-10 years ago the growth rate on the Clinch was estimated at 1-2 inches per month. There were some REALLY big fish populations then. Reason for TWRA (with studies supported by TN Tech)at that time to fore go stocking an 8-10" fish for a 4" fingerling. That was when the river was FULL of scuds and sowbugs, but that has decrease dramatically over the past 4-5 years IMO, either from pollutants from Norris or Didymo.

Scuds by the way are fresh water shrimp for those of you macroinvertably challenged. Sowbugs look like the "rolly-polly" or pillbugs that are on land.


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#1232824 - 03/12/09 04:45 PM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: 7mm08]
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In my opinion, slot limits are only effective if enforced. Have you seen TWRA there this year? I have fished there for at least 15 years and I have only had my license checked once. From the looks of those pics I need to get out there soon!
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#1232965 - 03/12/09 06:05 PM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: mike243]
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 Originally Posted By: mike243
i was wondering what kind of growth rate was on the clinch,i know they put em back,i more than likely would have too,for eating i prefer crappie ect ,trouts pretty far down the list on eating \:\) ,mike243


I would rather eat cat turds then a nasty trout \:D

The growth rates used to be around 2" per month. But it seems when stocking regimes changed to the massive numbers of fingerlings which are now dumped in each spring that growth has stagnated considerably. I bet they grow 6"-8" per year or about half what they used to before the change. Of course we lost a major food source for several years when the Sulfur's disappeared, but they are back now and that may make up the difference.

Trout seem to slow down their growth once they reach 16"-18" and every year they may grow around 2-3" and that is it, but at that size every inch puts on girth as well.
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#1232998 - 03/12/09 06:28 PM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: Model70Man]
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#1233283 - 03/12/09 08:24 PM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: Panther78]
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Mod 70 & the rest of you... I can't believe all of you get on here & lie to everyone reading. Obviously, those fish or no other trout over 10" has ever been caught on the clinch. Keep on telling your stories & the clinch will be full of boats looking for large trout that will never live in the clinch..

No need for others to waste their time & money coming to the clinch. I'd rather fish a mud puddle than the clinch.

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#1233460 - 03/12/09 09:20 PM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: JQT]
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#1233919 - 03/13/09 07:20 AM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: JQT]
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 Originally Posted By: JQT
Keep on telling your stories & the clinch will be full of boats looking for large trout that will never live in the clinch.


Bah! The Clinch is the best trophy trout water in Tennessee, especially for people fishing out of boats. The Caney is done. All the people fishing the Caney right now need to pack up and head over there.



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#1234889 - 03/13/09 05:15 PM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: Model70Man]
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#1236437 - 03/14/09 12:40 PM Re: The slot limit is working! *pics* [Re: Model70Man]
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Now those are some browns! Great job guys! That Clinch must be dynamite. Like I said....harvest isn't evil, and it's not "unsportsmanlike" to take a fish on occasion, but I think the Caney needs a slot too.
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